Announcing Talks on the Steps before performances of Little Women: The Broadway Musical this weekend at the Roberts Studio Theatre! This musical is based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott about the coming-of-age of four sisters in Civil War-era America. Each Talk on the Steps explores Little Women from one expert point of view, and gives you extra insight into the themes of the performance.
Thursday April 27 at 7pm: Dr. Rosemary Haskell of Elon’s English Department will explore the connections between the life of Louisa May Alcott and the character of Jo, whose witty observations and strong imagination make her a fan favorite
Friday April 28 at 7pm: The English Department’s Dr. Megan Isaac examines Little Women the novel as an early example of Young Adult literature, and the Little Women phenomenon that makes Alcott’s creations still resonate with audiences today
Join us on Monday April 24th at 12:15pm in the McBride Gathering Space to hear readings of Elie Wiesel’s DIALOGUES by our Elon Performing Arts colleagues and to reflect on Holocaust Remembrance Day as we participate in the National Jewish Theatre Foundation’s Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings in Honor of Elie Wiesel.
Join us this weekend for Talks on the Steps as the Department of Performing Arts presents Oscar Wilde’s celebrated comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Ever wondered how those uptight Victorians went on dates? Do you know if you should curl your pinky finger while drinking tea? Would you like tips on how to mimic Oscar Wilde’s stylish fashions? Find out more from our team of student dramaturgs at our pre-performance Talks on the Steps!
Thursday April 6 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs Hannah Dobrogosz and Jessica Burchett explain the complicated rules of Victorian dating and courtship etiquette.
Friday April 7 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs Sophia Diaz and Jessica Burchett teach you how to take tea like a proper Victorian lady.
Saturday April 8 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs CJ Porterfield and Katherine Francisco describe Oscar Wilde’s fashion and the role of the Dandy in late Victorian culture.
Talks on the Steps take place in the McCrary Theatre lobby and are free and open to the public.
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Kirby Wahl. Performances are April 6-7 at 7:30pm and April 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $13 or free with Elon ID, available at the Center for the Arts Box Office.
Join us this weekend for Decennium: Elon Dance Program Spring Dance Concert as we celebrate 10 years of the BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography! The concert features performances by Elon BFA Dance majors and choreography by guest artist Gaspard Louis and faculty members Jason Aryeh, Gerri Houlihan, Jen Guy Metcalf, Sara Tourek, and Lauren Kearns.
But wait, there’s more!
Love dance and searching for new ways to talk about it? Want to understand contemporary dance? Enjoy dance performance but want to learn more about what goes into it? Then come to Dance Decoded, the Department of Performing Arts’ pre-show talk and demonstration series for dance lovers and dance novices alike.
Friday March 19 at 7:00pm: Choreographer Gerri Houlihan explains how collaboration with lighting designers, musicians, and physicians resulted in her work Change of Heart.
Saturday March 11 at 7:00pm: Choreographer Jen Guy Metcalf discusses how choreographers and dancers collaborated with musicians in the creation of her piece Catalyst.Continue reading DECENNIUM Dance Decoded
Cats is a fantastical exploration of the secret life of cats, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1981 from the poetry of T. S. Eliot. In each Talk on the Step, an expert investigates Cats from a unique disciplinary perspective:
Thursday February 9 at 7:00pm: Professor Dan Calloway of the Performing Arts Department explores the famous song “Memory.” How can a song be both beloved by fans and scorned by critics? Professor Calloway will take us inside to music to explain why you can’t help but hum this melody.
Friday February 10 at 7:00pm: Dr. Scott Proudfit of the English Department explains how the poetry of T. S. Eliot is adapted for the musical, and how Cats the musical fits into the poet’s legacy as a Nobel Prize-winning modernist master.
Saturday February 11 at 7:00pm: Music Theatre and Arts Administration double major Alec Michael Ryan, who served as Assistant Director, will describe what he learned through the rehearsal process.
Sunday February 12 at 1:30pm: Dr. Amanda Chunco of the Environmental Studies Department investigates the consequences of our fascination with domesticated cats. Dr. Chunco will discuss Cats from the perspective of a wildlife biologist, and explore the impact of cats on the environment. Continue reading CATS Talks on the Steps
Parade dramatizes the true story of the life and trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man accused of the murder of a young girl in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. Parade is a compelling and emotional musical that asks important questions about anti-Semitism, bias, and propaganda in the American South.
Each Talk on the Step engages with one aspect of the production—such as its history, relevance, or creative process—to provide audience members with extra insight into the performance.
Thursday October 27: Student dramaturg Georgia Smith, a Drama & Theatre Studies sophomore, will share her research into cultural bias, ethnic stereotypes, and the Leo Frank case
Friday October 28: Dr. Andrea Sinn of Elon’s Department of History and Geography will explore the history of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism in the United States
Saturday October 29: Costume designer Jack Smith will discuss historic sewing techniques, and explain how issues of bias and stereotype informed his costume creations for Parade
Friday November 4: Professor Kim Shively, who teaches acting in Elon’s Department of Performing Arts, will explore how music is used to create cross-cultural and cross-racial empathy in Parade
The Memorandum is an absurd comedy that satirizes workplace frustration and explores resilience in the face of overwhelming bureaucracy. Written by Czech playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel in 1964, the darkly comic world of The Memorandum is as fresh and relevant today as it was fifty years ago. Each Talk on the Step engages with one aspect of the production—such as its history, relevance, or production—to provide audience members with extra insight into the performance and creative process.
Friday October 7: Dr. Scott Proudfit of the English Department will analyze The Memorandum as an example of Theatre of the Absurd
Saturday October 8: Student dramaturg Lexi Hirvo, a Drama & Theatre Studies and Psychology double major, will explore how the cast and crew created the world of Havel’s play